Bet you didn't know this.
Most landscape contractors in New Mexico are NOT landscape designers, they’re masons that know where to buy plants. When you’re on the internet looking at photos of a landscaper’s work you’ll notice that most of what you’re looking at is beautiful masonary work, patio covers and water features. Now look closer and you’ll see that the plant design is lacking and sparse with mostly rock showing. The reason for this is that most of them really are masons. If you ask them, most can’t draw a “to scale” design and their plant knowledge is lacking. So if you want a patio or water feature you have many choices, but if you’re looking for a true landscape designer your choices are much more limited. Check out my book Residential Landscape Design for the Horticulturally Hopeless”